In the event that decay has affected your tooth beyond the base level, you will need a root canal. The staff at Twin Dental can help revive your tooth when an area too large for a filling has been infected.
Root canals are warranted when the internal pulp, which consists of arteries and soft tissue, is damaged. The two most common causes of infection in the pulp are deep cavities and fractured or broken teeth. Both expose the pulp to live bacteria contained in saliva. These bacteria can cause an infection that can kill the pulp. Without treatment, the pus from the infection can eventually travel to the root tip and pass into the jawbone, causing an abscess.
The abscess can then damage the bone that surrounds the tooth. The resulting pressure inside the bone and ligaments surrounding the tooth can cause excruciating pain. In untreated circumstances, it can even be life threatening.
Symptoms of infection are hard to diagnose. You may realize you are sensitive to hot and cold, have a swollen and painful tooth, or experience a bad taste in your mouth. On the other hand, you may be completely unaware you have an infection at all because you do not notice any abnormalities.
An infected tooth will never heal on its own. In fact, it can only get worse. It will continue to be a burden, depleting your immune system and affecting your entire body. Instead of being forced to extract the tooth, our team can remove the infection with a root canal.
We vow to save you much pain, as well as your tooth! Call our Cincinnati office now if you are feeling any discomfort.